This post focuses on our Ecological Processes & Resilience science area, which is headed by Dr Allan Watt. Understanding of ecological processes, particularly those that affect the resilience of species, is needed to maintain ecosystems and the delivery of ecosystem services.
The benefits that flow from biodiversity and ecosystem services are increasingly under threat from environmental change. Threats include habitat loss and fragmentation, climate change and over-exploitation of natural resources. The threats are exacerbated by pests, diseases, alien invasive species and other drivers of global environmental change.
We’ll identify early warnings of regime shifts & tipping points in freshwater, terrestrial & marine ecosystems pic.twitter.com/IWEgcAVZGW
— CEH Science News (@CEHScienceNews) February 6, 2014
In our research we combine long-term datasets and use citizen science, models and experimental systems to examine the impacts of single and multiple drivers, including socio-economic drivers, on populations, species and ecosystems.
Ecologists get first bumblebees’ eye view of the landscape – news from today’s pollinators symposium at #INT13 http://t.co/Yre1tTTDo7
— CEH Science News (@CEHScienceNews) August 22, 2013
Population stability 'hope' in species' response to climate change - @UKBMSLive butterfly data used in new research http://t.co/2uzTEDSlLz
— CEH Science News (@CEHScienceNews) January 6, 2014
Other research objectives include assessing strategies to adapt to climate change in forestry, assessing lake restoration techniques, quantifying links between biodiversity and resilience to invasion by pests across a range of ecosystems, and linking time-series data from different trophic levels to assess the degree of synchrony of species interactions.
The Success of the Horse-Chestnut Leaf-Miner Revealed with Hypothesis-Led Citizen Science http://t.co/vmn7ss7cn0 pic.twitter.com/8PkiWSEM6G
— PLOS ONE (@PLOSONE) January 22, 2014
Looking at first results for our #phenology - climate change project (http://t.co/KQ5EoxqSi6). Very excited about bringing this together!
— Stephen Thackeray (@SteveThackeray) October 16, 2013
@SteveThackeray et al use phenological metrics to show #foodweb de-synchronisation in #Windermere http://t.co/bEvkKp0rJd
— Windermere Science (@WinSci) August 5, 2013
Resilience of upland #soils to long-term environmental changes http://t.co/mEARxYG2 Geoderma (£) #chemistry
— CEH Paper Alerts (@CEHPaperAlerts) February 12, 2013
Long-term monitoring activities that help us in this Science Area include the Isle of May Study, the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme and Loch Leven surveillance.
Loch Leven research by @LacLaurence & CEH Freshwater Ecology group http://t.co/NWxmV2FM46
— globolakes (@globolakes) September 21, 2013
A photo from this year’s Isle of May #puffin count – results out tomorrow #seabirds pic.twitter.com/OASHH0uxKc
— CEH Science News (@CEHScienceNews) May 30, 2013
Find out more about our Ecological Processes & Resilience Science Area, including a Science Area Summary [PDF], on the CEH website.
CEH Science Strategy
Lake restoration research at CEH
Staff page of Dr Allan Watt